A while back I was very lucky to win this beautiful palette in a giveaway hosted by Siobhán over at Beautylymin. For a long time, I had been dying to try Pat McGrath eyeshadows as I had heard so many wonderful things about them, however her palettes are pricey so I had never splurged on one, so when I won this, I was over the moon.
I’d heard great things about Pat’s eyeshadows, I’d never heard anything bad or negative about them and having used her MatteTrance lipsticks (which I adore), I had high hopes that I would love this palette and it would be up to the same standards and quality that I’d come to expect from Pat’s products.
This palette is a perfect palette for me. I use every single shade and have done since I received it. It has six shades, one of which is matte, and it is the only matte in the palette.
Going by the name, I expected the shades to be quite warm, however on me they pull more cool, with only one pulling warm. As most of my eye shadow palettes are warm toned, this makes a gorgeous addition and something a little different.
The six shades range from a gorgeous light champagne to a deep, rich but cool brown. I would like if there was another matte shade or two, but even with just one, I can make it work, with a very light hand because it is such a deep and rich shade.
If I don’t want to use a rich brown, I will use some lighter transition shades from another palette and use a metallic from this palette. That’s the only thing that may be an issue if you wanted to bring this on holiday but wanted a lighter transition or crease shade, you would need to bring another shadow or palette with you. Often I will just pat a metallic shade onto my lids and blend right into my crease.
Siobhán has said previously that Pat’s shadows are of the same quality that Natasha Denona shadows are, and I fully agree with that, they are. I can only describe them as a ‘creamy’ powder, which probably sounds odd, but they feel very creamy to the touch and even on the eye, they feel creamy, yet they are a powder formula.
The pigmentation is unbelievable. You need the tiniest amount for full opacity and shine. A lot of shadows tend to benefit from a spritz of setting spray or similar, and these do too, but they pop so much on their own, that they don’t really need it, in my experience.
There is a little kickback in the pan when you dip your brush or finger in, and there is a small amount of fall-out when you pat them onto your eyelid, but its nothing major and it sweeps away without streaking, smearing or leaving any kind of marks or colour.
There is a plastic covering over the shadows with their names on it, which isn’t my favourite, as I prefer when shades are printed either over or under the shadows, but it’s no biggie.
As I mentioned above, there are six shades, Platinize (a light champagne), Smoke and Mirrors (metallic light brown), Ritualistic (pinky taupe), Deep Velvet (rich matte brown), Telepathic Taupe (taupe, obviously) and Sextrovert (golden bronze).
As you can see in the above photo, the shadows pull cool on me, but I like that because as I said, it makes a nice change from the warm tones that I pretty much always wear. Warm tones are my go-to, so it is nice to change it up. Sextrovert is the warmest of them all. It’s a gorgeous golden-bronze shade, one which I love to pat all over my lids and blend through my crease and up above my crease. Some mascara and brown liner in my lower waterline and I have a subtle smokey eye. That’s my go-to look when I wear that shade.
The shadows themselves glide on with both fingers and brushes, and the blend with ease. I barely have to do any work to get them to blend effortlessly and seamlessly. I don’t experience any fall-out when blending, only when applying to my lid, but as I said above, fall-out is minimal and sweeps away easily and without issue.
They are very long lasting. I’ve worn them for up to 14 hours, and they still look great, both with and without a primer. I haven’t experienced them fading or creasing, however I don’t tend to experience shadows creasing on me anyway., sometimes I experience fading, but not very often.
The palette itself is nice, slim, compact and sturdy. It is cardboard packaging, but it is very sturdy in my opinion. The outside of the palette has gorgeous artwork on it, which adds to the prettiness and makes a nice change from my other palettes which may not have that. When you open the palette there is a nice mirror, that is good quality and is a decent size too.
This palette is priced at €70 on Pat’s website, which works out at €11.66 per shadow, which is pretty good given the quality, size of the pan and how little you need per application. Currently it is reduced to €35, so even better value again, however it is currently sold out, but it is worth keeping an eye on their website for a possible restock. You can find it here.
If you haven’t already tried Pat’s eyeshdows, I’d highly recommend that you do. The quality is superb, the longevity, the performance and application etc. are comparable to Natasha Denona, and Natasha Denona only (in my experience). They are so creamy, pigmented and easy to work with both for beginners and professionals (and I’m no pro!) yet I find them some of the easiest shadows to work with.
Thank you for reading, and until net time, take care xx